Films : Who I Am and What I Want : all

animate! synopsis

A scribbled, strangely funny but highly unsettling examination of the human condition. The story of a man who bares his emotions, history, hang ups and desires in all of their dysfunctional absurdity then leaves us to assemble not only his identity but to question our own.

one sentence synopsis

Who I Am and What I Want is funny, poignant, wicked and unique.

short synopsis

Some may say Who I Am and What I Want is a snapshot of the human condition. Others might just think Pete is plain weird. Either way the film is an experience you won’t forget.

long synopsis

Who I Am and What I Want is funny, poignant, wicked and unique. Based on Shrigley’s book of the same name, it follows the exploits of Pete, voiced by Kevin Eldon (Nighty Night / Jam / Big Train).

Some may say the film is a snapshot of the human condition. Pete has soaked up life, the drink, the fights, the passion, the medication. He’s been barred by his local, The Golden Nugget, for something he can’t quite remember. A life of excess has left him with no choice but to opt out of the rat race and live in the woods.

Others may just think Pete’s plain weird. Either way the film is an experience you won’t forget.

key credits

director
David Shrigley
Chris Shepherd
voice
Kevin Eldon
animation
Alan Andrews
Siren Halvorsen
Ellen Kleiven
music
Martin Young
sound designer
Barnaby Templer
Jake Roberts
producer
Maria Manton

David Shrigley

short biography

David graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1991. His works on paper, photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, and he is the author of more than 20 books of drawings. He lives in Glasgow.

25 October 2005

filmography

2005 Who I Am and What A Want Co-Director/writer. Short film commissioned by animate! funded by Arts Council England and Channel 4 (collaboration with Chris Shepherd).
2004 Modern Thought weekly animation for BBC.co.uk/collective Bonnie Prince Billy ‘Agnes Queen of Sorrow’ promo
2003 Good Song Director/writer. Promo for Blur (collaboration with Shynola).
Winner of Best Promo at British Animation Awards and Mirrorball award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2003.
2002 What Happens After You’re Dead Director/writer. Channel4.com viral project

25 October 2005

artist’s photo

June 2004

artist’s website

David Shrigley

Chris Shepherd

biography

Chris Shepherd was born in Liverpool in 1966. In 1985 he studied Foundation Art at Liverpool Polytechnic, after which he became an editor at a production company called NGP Ltd. From 1989 to 1992 he studied animation at West Surrey College of Art and Design. After graduating he became studio manager at Speedy Films and coordinated adverts and short films for TV.

In 1995 he set up a production company called Polkadot Productions Ltd. He directed and produced the multi-award-winning The Broken Jaw for Channel 4 and produced BAFTA nominated The World Of Interiors. Chris’s other Polkadot credits include adverts, title sequences and the award winning Stareout sketches on BBC/Talkback’s Big Train.

In 2000 he became the co-founder of production company Slinky Pictures, with producer Maria Manton. Director/writing credits include a ten part series for Channel Four called People’s Britain and his acclaimed animate! short Dad’s Dead , winner of 20 international awards including Best Short at the British Independent Film Awards.

Chris was also the consultant producer for Channel 4/BFI’s Animator In Residence scheme between 1997 and 2004. During this time he helped to develop over twenty-four short films for Channel Four.

Since completing his animate! collaboration with artist David Shrigley Who I Am and What I Want , he is also finishing another short film project Silence is Golden.

25 October 2005

short biography

Chris completed an Animation BA at West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1992. He is co-founder of London animation company Slinky Pictures with producer Maria Manton, and has directed short films, commercials and comedy series. He made the prize-winning The Broken Jaw in 1997.

His first animate! commission was the hybrid film Dad’s Dead 2002, Best Short Film at the British Independent Film Awards 2003 and winner of a huge number of other prizes.

July 2004

filmography

2005 Who I Am and What A Want Co-Director/writer. Short film commissioned by animate! funded by Arts Council England and Channel 4 (collaboration with David Shrigley). Nathan Barley Animator. Talkback/Zeppotron series for Channel 4 by Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker. Bollocks To Cancer Animator. Yipp films documentary for Channel 4 by Patrick Collerton.
2004 Strange Times Script Consultant on TV Pilot. Slinky Pictures for BBC3.
2003 Dad’s Dead Director and Writer. Slinky Pictures commissioned by animate!, Arts Council England and Channel 4.
Winner of 25 international film awards including Best Short Film at British Independent Film Awards, 2 British Animation Awards and Film BAFTA nomination. The Girl and the Horse Producer. Short film for Channel 4 directed by Rebecca Manley.
2001 People’s Britain Director and Co-writer (with Peter Holmes). Slinky Pictures for E4/Channel 4.
Winner of Best Comedy Series at British Animation Awards Deckstar Director. TV pilot for Zeppotron.com The World of Interiors Producer. Short film. Polkadot for Channel 4 directed by Bunny Schendler.
Winner of Animated Eye Award, Aspen Shorts Festival USA, and nominated for a film BAFTA
2000 Angry Kid ‘Backwards Writing’ Co-writer (with Darren Walsh) on an episode of a series by Aardman for BBC. Pop Skool Director. Internet series by Zeppotron and Slinky Pictures.
1999 School Disco Producer. Short Film. Polkadot for Channel 4 directed by Brian Wood.
Winner of 1 film award. The Big End Producer. ‘Farmergeddon’ animated sketches. Polkadot for BBC.
1998 Big Train (Series 1) Animation on ‘Stareout Sketches’ for TV series by Talkback for BBC.
Winner of Bronze award at Montreux Comedy Festival and Best-Broken Comedy Show, British Comedy Awards 1998.
1997 The Broken Jaw Director and Writer. Short film. Polkadot for Channel 4.
Winner of 6 interantional film awards. Strongman Director and Writer. Idents for Polakdot and the British Council Big Train Animation on TV pliot ‘Stareout Sketches‘.
Winner of Best Animation for a TV comedy series, Everyman Animation Festival.
1992 A Load of Balls Director and Writer. Short Film at WSCAD.
1989 Safari Director and Writer. Short film for NGP Productions.

Commercials

Chris has directed many advertising campaigns including: Learn Direct (DFGW), Christian Aid (Partners BDDH), Eagle Star (Ogilvy and Mather), Shakey Jake (Ogilvy and Mather), Western Union (D&BB), Milky Bar (Amarti Puris Lintas), Vibrant (Greys), BMI Baby (Partners BDDH) and the very popular Staying Alive’ Hedgehogs road safety adverts (D‘Arcys).

25 October 2005

artist’s photo

February 2005

animate! films by this artist

Dad’s Dead

Who I Am and What I Want

artist’s website

Slinky Pictures

Chris is co-founder of Slinky Pictures with producer Maria Manton

a film by David Shrigley & Chris Shepherd

direction

director
David Shrigley
Chris Shepherd

voice-over

voice
Kevin Eldon

image personnel

animation
Alan Andrews
Siren Halvorsen
Ellen Kleiven
compositor
John Taylor

sound personnel

music
Martin Young
sound designer
Barnaby Templer
Jake Roberts

production personnel

producer
Maria Manton
production company
Slinky Pictures

support

thanks

Andy Humphrey, Ollie Davis & Liz Chan

primary funding

An animate! commission funded through Finetake by Arts Council England and Channel 4

© David Shrigley & Chris Shepherd 2005

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master copy format

format
DigiBeta
colour or black & white
black & white

video distribution format

video format
DigiBeta
screen aspect ratio
16:9
video standard
PAL
sound type
stereo

film distribution format

film format
35mm
screen aspect ratio
1:1.85
sound type
Dolby Digital

distributor

LUX
info@lux.org.uk
+44 (0)20 7503 3980
www.lux.org.uk

Slinky Pictures Ltd
info@slinkypics.com
+44 (0)20 7247 6444
www.slinkypics.com

production material

reference images

Pre-production concept still
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Cover of *Who I Am and What I Want* by David Shrigley published by Redstone Press 2003
Cover of Who I Am and What I Want by David Shrigley published by Redstone Press 2003
© David Shrigley
Frontspiece of *Who I Am and What I Want* by David Shrigley
Frontspiece of Who I Am and What I Want by David Shrigley
Double page in *Who I Am and What I Want* by David Shrigley
Double page in Who I Am and What I Want by David Shrigley
With caption text, mistakenly omitted by the printer, handwritten by David Shrigley.

promotional and other documents

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Slinky Picture’s email flyer announcing premiere of *Who I Am and What I Want* at London Film Festival Satrurday 29 October 2005
Slinky Picture’s email flyer announcing premiere of Who I Am and What I Want at London Film Festival Satrurday 29 October 2005
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Slinky Picture’s email flyer announcing television premiere of *Who I Am and What I Want* on Channel 4 Tuesday 6 December 2005
Slinky Picture’s email flyer announcing television premiere of Who I Am and What I Want on Channel 4 Tuesday 6 December 2005
poster for DVD
Poster for standalone DVD release of *Who I Am and What I Want*
Poster for standalone DVD release of Who I Am and What I Want
A special edition DVD with a 12 page booklet, deleted scenes and interviews, releaased on 5 June 2006 by and available from onedotzero.

first public screening

London Film Festival
29 October 2005
Channel 4 Television
6 December 2005